Taking care of your mouth and teeth throughout life can help prevent problems as you age. Taking care about your teeth means brushing every day and visiting the dentist regularly.
Infants and children
The first teeth are almost completely formed at birth. At first, these teeth “hide” under the gums. These teeth are important because once they sprout, they allow your baby to chew food and talk. The first set of baby teeth retains the space where the teeth will eventually become permanent. They help permanent teeth to grow properly.
You can take care of your child’s teeth by following these suggestions:
Clean your baby’s teeth everyday use a baby toothbrush.
Children under 2 years should not use toothpaste. Instead, use water to brush your child’s teeth.
Do not allow your baby to sleep with a bottle. This can leave milk or juice on the teeth, which can damage children’s teeth.
Encourage older children to eat snacks with a little sugar, such as fruit, cheese and vegetables. Avoid giving your child sticky candy.
Teach your children how to brush their teeth properly.
Take your children at the dentist regularly. It is recommended that children visit their dentist from 1 year.
Continuing good oral and dental care as an adult can help you avoid tooth loss, painful gums or other problems. If you have problems with your teeth or are concerned about your mouth, visit your doctor or dentist immediately.
Here are some useful things you can do:
Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
Do not smoke or chew tobacco.
Ask your doctor if your medicines have side effects that can damage your teeth. (For example, some medications may cause you to have a dry mouth.)
Observe wounds that do not heal, irritate the gums or other changes.
Visit your dentist every 6 months for regular checkups and cleaning.
When to visit a dentist
If you have pain in your mouth or tooth, do not ignore it. Visit a doctor or dentist. The longer you wait, the worse it can be for you. You should also visit your dentist twice a year to clean your teeth.